PHOTOS FROM THE GROUND: Do the Jubilee Big Walk

Dec 03, 2015 03.06PM |
 

by Najeer Yusof

THE Jubilee Big Walk just took place last Sunday. In case you missed it, here are the details of the route. I decided to walk the route myself and took an estimate of 2 hours and 20 minutes to complete it. My timing is inclusive of two short breaks that I took, each lasting about 15 minutes. Here is the route I took, along with tips on where to get refreshments, look for toilets and take a short break.

Starting at the National Museum of Singapore, the walk will take you past significant historical and present-day landmarks. The 5 km trail ends at The Meadows at Gardens By The Bay. The Jubilee Big Walk route does not cover the all the landmarks of the actual Jubilee Walk and is 3 km shorter too.

Now that the school holidays are here, this would be a good opportunity for a family excursion. Do pack along sufficient water and a towel. A small picnic mat and some light snacks are optional.

 

Here is a more comprehensive map:

 

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READY, SET, GO: The route starts at the National Museum of Singapore. This is a good spot to grab a family selfie before you kick off the walk. On sunny mornings, you would be able to get a nice picture of the museum majestically towering over you with blue skies in the background.
When you turn on to Coleman street from Armenian street, there are safety barricades along the sidewalk. This is to ensure that you keep away from the fast oncoming vehicles. This could come in handy when kids are around.
SAFETY FIRST: When you turn to Coleman street from Armenian street, there are safety barricades along the pavement. This is to ensure that you keep away from fast oncoming vehicles, handy when kids are around.
As you turn on to Hill street, you would see the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery. There are three statues of firemen, which you could grab a quick selfie with. At this point if you are hungry or you need to use the rest room, you can cross the road to Funan Digitalife Mall.
RED ENGINE: Turning to Hill Street, you will pass the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery. There are three statues of firemen here which you can grab a quick selfie with. At this point if you are hungry or you need to use the rest room, you can cross the road to Funan Digitalife Mall.
Making a left on North Boat Quay, take the underpass and walk by the river. There benches along the river for you to take a short break. Continuing along the path, the next feature will be the Asian Civilisations Museum. If it is a sunny day, there are huge plastic chairs to sit on, near the main entrance.
DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE: Making a left on North Boat Quay, take the underpass and walk by the river. There are benches along the river for you to take a short break. Continuing along the path, the next landmark will be the Asian Civilisations Museum. If it is sunny, they have huge plastic chairs to sit on near the main entrance.
If you decide to take a break outside the Asian Civilisations Museum, you will be able to find one these ice cream wafer vendors. You can purchase refreshments or a tasty ice cream wafer that comes in an assortment of flavours.
SNACK TIME: If you decide to take a break outside the Asian Civilisations Museum, you should be able to find one these ice cream vendors. You can purchase refreshments or a tasty ice cream wafer sandwich that comes in an assortment of flavours.
Also, there are five metallic spherical installations near the entrance of the Asian Civilisations Musuem, which are attractive spots to take pictures with your reflections. You can grab a photo with your loved ones.
ROUND AND ROUND: There are five metallic spherical installations near the entrance of the Asian Civilisations Museum, where you can take pictures of your reflections with your loved ones.
Round the corner from the Asian Civilisations Musuem, and upon turning onto Connaught Drive, you will see the former Supreme Court. The former Supreme Court has now been transformed into the National Gallery Singapore. It's doors officially just opened, on 24th November
ORDER, ORDER: Round the corner from the Asian Civilisations Museum, upon turning onto Connaught Drive, you will find the former Supreme Court building. It has now been transformed into the National Gallery Singapore, which officially opened its doors on November 24.
Subsequently, walk through Padang and cross over to Esplanade Park. Continue on and you would see the famous "Durian" building. Just opposite the Esplanade, is the newly build Jubilee bridge. Again, there are seats by the bay for you to take a short break. The Esplanade mall is nearby and they have both refreshments and toilet facilities. You will also be able to find street vendors along the walkway beside the Esplanade.
THE “DURIAN”: Walk through the Padang and cross over to Esplanade Park. Continue on and you will see the famous “Durian” building, the Esplanade. Just opposite the Esplanade is the newly opened Jubilee bridge. Again, there are seats by the river if you need to take a short break. Refreshments and toilets can be found in the nearby Esplanade mall. You will also be able to find street vendors along the walkway beside the Esplanade.
Moving on, when you pass the Theatre By The Bay, and just before you enter Marina Floating Platform, you will see a stand of spherical white floats. There are markers by a separate stand, for you to pen your New Year Wishes on this floats. These spheres will be set afloat on the bay waters on New Years Eve.
WISHING BALL: Just before entering the Marina Floating Platform, you will see a stand of spherical white floats. There are markers by a separate stand for you to pen your New Year Wishes on these floats. These spheres will be set afloat on the bay’s waters on New Year’s Eve.
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RAINBOW SEATS: Next up is The Float at Marina Bay, also known as the Marina Bay Floating Platform. Currently there are works being done on the platform in lieu of the New Year‘s Eve Countdown event. Hence, you would not be able to access the platform itself.
After passing the floating platform, turn left onto the Youth Olympics Garden. Head on to the spiral structure, the Helix bridge. The bridge would link you to Marina Bay Sands.
DOUBLE-HELIX: After walking past the floating platform, turn left onto the Youth Olympics Park. Head onto the spiral structure, the Helix bridge, which links to Marina Bay Sands.
As you exit from the helix bridge, you would see the iconic Marina Bay Sands.
SPACESHIP ON A TRIPOD: As you exit the Helix bridge, you will see the iconic Marina Bay Sands resort. There are restrooms and refreshments inside and also a cold blast of air conditioning, perfect for a short break.
Taking the pathway towards the Gardens By The Bay, you would be able to see the Singapore Flyer on your left. Follow the sign boards and make a right to head to the Meadows.
WHEEL OF FORTUNE: Taking the pathway towards Gardens By The Bay, you will be able to see the Singapore Flyer on your left. Follow the sign boards and make a right to head to the Meadows.
The walk concludes at the Meadows - Gardens By The Bay. If you brought a picnic mat, you could sit on the meadows like I did and enjoy the cool breeze. There is a toilet within the vicinity. Unfortunately you have to walk out of the meadow if you wish to purchase any refreshments.
FINISH LINE: The walk concludes at the Meadows – Gardens By The Bay. If you brought a picnic mat, you could sit on the meadows like I did and enjoy the cool breeze. There is a toilet within the vicinity. Unfortunately you have to walk out of the meadow if you wish to purchase any refreshments.

 

 

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